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Pronunciation: ep'e-kyu-ta'ne-us

Definition: Literally, on the skin, referring to introduction of biologic material or drugs into the skin by shallow, bloodless piercing with small-gauge needles through drops of solution, used in allergy testing, tuberculosis skin tests, smallpox immunization, and in many other procedures.

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